November 5, 1995 |
The Mississippi Delta, according to Southern definition, begins in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn., and stretches south to Catfish Row in Vicksburg, Miss. I see this as the distance between the king-size slabs of barbecued ribs at the Rendezvous restaurant, up the alley from the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, to the dainty tomato sandwiches at the Harrison House Antiques & Tea Room, just a few blocks uphill from the Vicksburg riverfront, where slaves lived not so long ago.
December 1, 1985 |
Folks who want to beat their feet in the Mississippi mud will find less of it available than in the past, a new government study shows. Sediment discharged by the mighty river has been reduced by half in the last 35 years, and this may be a factor in receding shorelines in the Mississippi Delta, the U.S. Geological Survey reports. The study said the dramatic drop in sediment carried by the river occurred following construction of several large dams on the Missouri River in the 1950s and 1960s.
August 31, 2008 |
He started out here 60 years ago, singing the blues on a street corner for dimes. Now, less than three blocks from that corner, the legendary B.B. King will soon have his own museum. The B.B. King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center is set to open Sept. 13, three days before his 83rd birthday. The museum honors the man who Rolling Stone magazine says "is universally recognized as the leading exponent of modern blues." It is but one in a surprisingly long list of attractions in the Mississippi Delta -- surprisingly long only if you've never visited the region.
June 28, 2009 |
The swampland here still tries to reclaim its past, swallowing up concrete foundations reinforced with steel beams and spitting out its buried dead. The past haunted Dyess Colony's most famous resident, Johnny Cash, his entire life. His older brother was killed here when a workshop blade cut through his body. This is where the Big Muddy came in 5 feet high and rising, where a young Cash let cotton picked off the vine dissolve in his mouth. That past remains visible in Dyess, tucked into the corner of northeast Arkansas among dirt roads carved out of the muddy fields by Depression-era workers.
May 24, 1987 |
"The economy is pathetic," Postmaster Sammie Burchfield said. "Food stamps, welfare and Social Security are all that keep us going." A woman modern enough to insist that she is not a "postmistress," Burchfield still can recall fondly the good old days when, in the Mississippi Delta, cotton was king. "During World War II we had three gins running," she said. "We had a hotel, two drugstores and three doctors." Alligator, near the Mississippi River, 88 miles south of Memphis, Tenn.
May 13, 1990 |
The day Cleo Dunnings said goodby to her daughter, they both realized a bitter fact of life: The road to success often leads one way--straight out of this Mississippi Delta town. With no job and no strong prospects, Donna Dunnings Sidney moved north, following a route many of her peers have taken, packing their skills, their dreams and part of this town's future.
May 9, 2002 |
CAN'T BE SATISFIED The Life and Times of Muddy Waters By Robert Gordon Little, Brown 408 Pages, $25.95 Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner wrote in the magazine's first issue in 1967 that though its name refers to the old saying "A rolling stone gathers no moss," the magazine's name was inspired by Muddy Waters, who first used it as a song title. It was also from this song title that the Rolling Stones took their name.
September 11, 1994 |
"It must have been 1975 or 1976 when I first set foot in the Pines," Birney Imes writes in the introduction to his collection of photographs of a Mississippi Delta roadhouse. "I had just begun photographing seriously and would spend hours driving back roads looking for a site or a situation to photograph. It didn't take long to stumble upon the place--the 'Eppie's Eats' sign out front, the rusting cars, the hedge in the parking lot dividing the White Side and the Black Side, and the stuff--it was everywhere inside and out: coin scales, pinball machines, jukeboxes, lawn mowers, old campaign posters, newspapers, guns, cigar boxes, and beer signs.